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Mardi Gras Again Marred by Death

Man run over by float becomes 2nd fatality within days

(Newser) - A man was struck and killed by a Mardi Gras float during a raucous Saturday night street parade in New Orleans, reports the AP , becoming the second person in days killed along a parade route during this year's Carnival season, authorities said. The man was fatally injured just before... More »

Woman Killed by Mardi Gras Float During Parade

Witnesses say she was run over after tripping

(Newser) - A woman was struck and killed by a parade float in New Orleans as the city celebrated Mardi Gras. Witnesses say the woman, who hasn't been identified, appeared to have tried to cross in between a tandem float when she tripped over its hitch and was run over, the... More »

3 Months After New Orleans Hotel Collapse, Bodies Still There

A tarp covering one recently blew away, exposing his remains

(Newser) - The Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapsed on Oct. 12, 2019. It's been more than three months since the disaster, which killed three workers—and two of their bodies are still in the destroyed building. The city has said the site is too unstable and dangerous... More »

Veteran 'Wailing' After Cop Shoots Service Dog

Clayton Crawford asks why New Orleans officer had to use lethal force

(Newser) - A military veteran says he's been "crying and wailing" since a cop shot his service dog—an incident New Orleans police initially misreported. The dog's owner, Clayton Crawford, says it happened last Thursday after he let his doberman out to use the bathroom in a backyard that'... More »

Why This City's Workers All Turned Off Their Computers

State of emergency declared in New Orleans after cyberattack

(Newser) - New Orleans got an unwelcome surprise on Friday the 13th, starting before the sun came up, and it has prompted a state of emergency. At a presser, the city's chief information officer said that "suspicious activity" and phishing attempts were detected on the city's network around 5am,... More »

11 Injured in French Quarter Shooting

One person detained after shots ring out on big party weekend

(Newser) - New Orleans police say 11 people were hit in an early morning shooting on the edge of the city’s famed French Quarter, reports the AP . A police release says two people are in critical condition and no arrests have been made, though police Supt. Shaun Ferguson tells the New ... More »

Worker Hurt in New Orleans Collapse Gets Shown the Door

Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, 38, was flown to Honduras

(Newser) - A construction worker hurt in last month’s collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans has been deported to his native Honduras on Friday, the AP reports. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, 38, was flown to Honduras... More »

Worker Who Complained About Deadly Hotel Is in Big Trouble

Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma is facing deportation

(Newser) - A construction worker who barely survived the collapse of an unfinished New Orleans hotel is facing deportation—and immigration activists are crying foul, NOLA.com reports. Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, a Honduran national, was injured when the building collapsed Oct. 12, killing three workers and injuring dozens of others. Ramirez... More »

Theater's Offer After 'Humiliating' Incident: 20K Free Tix

The AMC in Metairie, La., also fired 3 employees

(Newser) - Up to 20,000 high schoolers in New Orleans will see the new film Harriet for free after an incident in which a group of women say they were racially profiled at a local theater. NOLA reports more than a dozen members of the 504 Queens, a nonprofit for African... More »

Big Blasts Rock New Orleans

Down come 2 cranes from the Hard Rock Hotel construction collapse

(Newser) - Officials set off thundering explosions that toppled two cranes Sunday that had loomed precariously for days over a partially collapsed hotel in New Orleans, saying their controlled demolition went "exactly" as planned and efforts now would focus on retrieving two bodies still inside the ruined building, the AP reports.... More »

2 Dead, 1 Still Missing After Hotel Collapse

Rescue workers undertaking dangerous recovery operation in New Orleans

(Newser) - Rescue workers and search dogs moved gingerly through a dangerously unstable New Orleans hotel Monday in a risky search for the only person still missing after the structure partially collapsed , the AP reports. Two people are known to have died in the Saturday disaster and more than 20 were hurt.... More »

New Orleans Stunned by Hotel Collapse

1 is killed, 3 injured at Hard Rock hotel

(Newser) - A Hard Rock Hotel under construction at the edge of New Orleans' historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday morning, leaving at least one person dead and three unaccounted for, authorities said. City officials and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed the death. The building was under construction at the corner of... More »

Guy Lists Nasty Pothole on Airbnb

In New Orleans, it's a way to get the city's attention

(Newser) - Notice Homer's Hideout on Airbnb? If it resembled a pothole dressed up to look like a Simpsons-style living room—replete with couch, sofa, and Homer Simpson doll—then that's the one, City Lab reports. New Orleans resident James Collier cooked up the listing to attract city officials who... More »

Stunt Plane Crash Kills Beloved NOLA Anchor

Nancy Parker was reporting a story on pilot when crash killed them both

(Newser) - An Emmy-winning anchor who was a beloved fixture on New Orleans television screens for more than two decades died Friday in a stunt plane crash that also killed the pilot. Nancy Parker, 53, was doing a story for WVUE on pilot Franklin Augustus when the pair crashed in a field... More »

Attack on Andy Dick Captured on Video

He says sucker punch knocked him out for 15 minutes

(Newser) - Controversial comedian Andy Dick says he was "knocked out 100%" when an attacker sucker-punched him outside a New Orleans comedy club. In an attack captured on video , a man in dark clothes can be seen moving toward Dick outside One Eyed Jack's in the city's French Quarter... More »

Barry Drenches Gulf Coast, but Spares New Orleans

Storm weakens, but could still cause disastrous flooding elsewhere

(Newser) - Weakened but still potent, Barry inundated the Gulf Coast but appeared unlikely to deluge New Orleans as it continued its slow advance. Still, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday urged residents across south Louisiana to stay "vigilant," warning that Barry could still cause disastrous flooding across a wide... More »

Barry Is Coming as Gulf Coast Braces

Tropical Storm Barry is expected to make landfall as a hurricane Friday or Saturday

(Newser) - New Orleans was bracing for a likely hurricane Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry formed over the Gulf, the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Barry is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast as a hurricane Friday night or early Saturday, AccuWeather reports; if it does... More »

Mississippi River Could 'Overtop' New Orleans Levees in Coming Storm

City braces for expected hurricane

(Newser) - Louisiana declared a state of emergency Wednesday as a severe storm swamped New Orleans and a possible hurricane was on its way. NOLA.com 's headline for its photo story: "New Orleans underwater." In a separate piece, NOLA.com reports the Mississippi River is expected to rise... More »

'Ghostly Reminder' of Katrina Set for Destruction

New Orleans mayor says it's time for abandoned Six Flags amusement park to go

(Newser) - The abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans once resounded with children's laughter and the shrieks of passengers on the thrill rides. Now the only sound is the drone of the cicadas. The amusement park on the city's eastern edge is perhaps the most high-profile, lingering, and ghostly reminder... More »

Dr. John, a Unique Voice of New Orleans, Dies

Musician combined rock and rhythm and blues with his hoodoo style

(Newser) - Dr. John, the New Orleans singer and piano player who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77, the AP reports. In a statement, the family said the musician born Mac Rebennack died of a... More »

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